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Tipaimukh Power Project
Delhi open to Dhaka's stake
Manmohan tells Hasina's advisers; reassures them of no-Tipai harm (December 3, 2011)
Fundamentally, the issue is technical and, therefore, Indian PM's non-technical assurance that India will not do anything to harm Bangladesh is not credible. However, India has apparently indicated that appropriate studies may be undertaken before it will embark upon the Tipairmukh Dam construction. The crucial thing will be to jointly draw up the Terms of Reference of the desired study.
This is not the diplomatic way to reply to a sovereign state regarding an issue of such high magnitude and of an international nature, affecting sustenance of another country. We have seen how they are interfering in neighbouring countries and the latest instance is in Nepal. Our government is acting only to please India to fool the people. Our 10-member team and the advisers visited India recently. Does any of them understand the technicalities of such project?
We should not do anything that would hamper our national interests.
Md. Saifur Rahman
This is immoral and pathetic, and all the people of the country should raise their voice until the government acts in line with people's wishes.
What about Farakka dam? Is not harming Bangladesh?
India told the same thing during the construction of Farakka dam. Now we know how severely agricultural land of Bangladesh is affected due to the construction of Farkkah dam. Many rivers are dead today because of this dam. The rest of the rivers of Bangladesh will also die if Tipaimukh dam is built.
For the sake of our existence we should befiend competent global powers.
Why was such offer not made prior to the signing of the agreement of the project in question?
Masihur Rahman and Gowher Rizvi have visited Delhi and Kolkata many times in the last few months. Why didn't Indian leaders bother to tell them about the Tipaimukh project earlier?
We should resolve the issue through dialogue and not through destructive activities. We should protect our interest honestly.
We can only negotiate to get a good deal. I believe this government is patriotic and it is sincerely trying to resolve the problem.
I do not know how to respond to this news. It is basically a question of trust and confidence in in the relationship between the two neighbours. The ideological divide between the political parties is harming the process of creating a national platform for holding open discussions. Parliament should be the centre of discussion but unfortunately it is now dysfunctional.
The adverse impacts of the Tipaimukh hydro-electric dam could be several.
Some of the big dams constructed in the 50s and 60s had deadly effect on the environment. The World Bank does not support any more construction of dams due to their massive environmental consequences. If the structure collapses due to earthquake or any natural calamity, the sudden release of water will wreak havoc on Bangladesh, including severe flooding.